Grand Prince Vladimir Receiving Instructions On Christianity

Grigori Grigorievich Miasoedov, 1834-1911

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Signed and dated 1882, oil on canvas. G.G.Miasoedov was born into a family of minor nobilty in Pankovo in the province of Tula. He studied at the Academy in St.Petersburg from 1853-62. From 1863 to 1869 he studied in Europe and on his return became a founder member of the Peredvizhniki. He took a dominant role in the formulation of their objectives, and, in the winter of 1870, along with Vasili Perov, Ivan Kramskoi and Nikolai Gay, was responsible for organising the Society for Circulating Art Exhibitions, which evolved from the Artel of undergraduates who first opposed the Academy in 1863, but which by then had dissolved. Primarily a painter of themes of Russian labour, genre and history, one of his best known works is The Zemstvo is Dining, 1872, (Tretyakov Gallery). Other well known paintings by him are Reading the Manifesto of February 19, 1861 (1873), A Road in the Rye Field (1881), Self-incineration (1884), and Cornfields (1892). Vladimir (960?-1015), a prince of Viking origin was at the age of twelve Prince of Novgorod, and with the backing of the Novgorodians, seized control of Kiev from his brother Yaropolk, and then ruthlessly expanded his control over the whole of Russia. Vladimir, recognising that it would be advantageous to create a religious unity, sought to explore other religions with a view to adopting one of them as a religion of the state. The Greek colony of Kherson on the Crimea was captured and to seal the link with Byzantium, Emperor Constantine III was forced to give his sister Anna in marriage to Grand Duke Vladimir. He was baptised before the marriage and in 988 made Eastern Orthodoxy the official religion, summoning Byzantine clergy to evangelise the county, and ordering the forced conversion of the people of Kiev and Novgorod. Vladimir was canonised and is celebrated as the Patron Saint of Russian Orthodoxy. His feast day is 15th July. The offered painting shows Grand Prince Vladimir seated, whilst a monk explains what is depicted on an image of the Last Judgement, which is on the unfurled scroll he holds. Grigori Grigorievich Miasoedov, 1834-1911 grand prince vladimir receiving instructions on christianity signed and dated 1882 oil on canvas 145 by 205cm., 57 by 80Nin. G.G.Miasoedov was born into a family of minor nobilty in Pankovo in the province of Tula. He studied at the Academy in St.Petersburg from 1853-62. From 1863 to 1869 he studied in Europe and on his return became a founder member of the Peredvizhniki. He took a dominant role in the formulation of their objectives, and, in the winter of 1870, along with Vasili Perov, Ivan Kramskoi and Nikolai Gay, was responsible for organising the Society for Circulating Art Exhibitions, which evolved from the Artel of undergraduates who first opposed the Academy in 1863, but which by then had dissolved. Primarily a painter of themes of Russian labour, genre and history, one of his best known works is The Zemstvo is Dining, 1872, (Tretyakov Gallery). Other well known paintings by him are Reading the Manifesto of February 19, 1861 (1873), A Road in the Rye Field (1881), Self-incineration (1884), and Cornfields (1892). Vladimir (960?-1015), a prince of Viking origin was at the age of twelve Prince of Novgorod, and with the backing of the Novgorodians, seized control of Kiev from his brother Yaropolk, and then ruthlessly expanded his control over the whole of Russia. Vladimir, recognising that it would be advantageous to create a religious unity, sought to explore other religions with a view to adopting one of them as a religion of the state. The Greek colony of Kherson on the Crimea was captured and to seal the link with Byzantium, Emperor Constantine III was forced to give his sister Anna in marriage to Grand Duke Vladimir. He was baptised before the marriage and in 988 made Eastern Orthodoxy the official religion, summoning Byzantine clergy to evangelise the county, and ordering the forced conversion of the people of Kiev and Novgorod. Vladimir was canonised and is celebrated as the Patron Saint of Russian Orthodoxy. His feast day is 15th July. The offered painting shows Grand Prince Vladimir seated, whilst a monk explains what is depicted on an image of the Last Judgement, which is on the unfurled scroll he holds.